Going through those familiar farewell rituals again… Same patterns, different faces, different landscape, different home being farewelled. Paying “last” visits to favorite places, storing up memories for when the missing catches up to the excitement of the new.

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The best Acai on the island athttp://www.diamondheadcove.com. My favorite North Shore eatery; The Waialua Bakery in Haleiwa. My “North Shore” office… the Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa. Girl’s night, autumn-themed. One last Oahu costco shopping adventure with a friend. A few last boudoir sessions at Eternity Beach… Halona Blowhole. A Leeward sunset. An editing day at my first-discovered coffee shop in Kailua, Chad Lou’s, where I spent so many countless hours and days during my eight months on the island.

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And the most beautiful, perfect way to end my time on beautiful Oahu…

I was booked for a gig to shoot a helicopter tour over the island with Makani Kai helicopter tours, and it was absolute magic.

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I have seen this island inside and out in my eight months here, both on my own explorations and through the adventures that my work brings my way. The latter is particularly awesome because it enables me to see slices of the island that I wouldn’t otherwise… zip lining over rainforest, shooting every single beach on the island (and most of the surf breaks), horseback riding through “Jurassic Park,” sunset dinner cruises, and too many more to list. Basically, participation in nearly every tourist activity offered on the island (including four luaus in the space of six days. Yes, that happened.)

But my favorite job of this type was this bird’s eye view of Oahu. It created a perfect, unforgettable finale to my time on this island.

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Mahalo nui loa, Oahu

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